Artist's Biography - Marsha Hammel
Working primarily in oils on both canvas and paper, Marsha Hammel creates figurative and still life paintings as well as commissioned portraits. Deeply inspired by various locales and human experiences, her works have been widely collected inthe USA, UK, and Europe.
As the daughter of U.S.A.F personnel, Marsha’s early years took her through much of the United States, Panama, Germany and Italy. The experience gleaned from these early days of travel would soon be recognized as at the age of sixteen Marsha was selected to attend the Governor’s School for Gifted Students in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was at this point that Marsha came under the influence of the Classical and European approaches to art, an influence that continues to the present day.Although considered by many to be a descendant of the European Modernists, Marsha prefers to think of herself as an atavist, one who returns to primitive form. In keeping with early Egyptian, Minoan and Mycenaen art, Marsha strives to present her figures in simple, powerful terms with reductive backgrounds.
Feeling strongly that art is a mirror in which the human psyche can view itself, Marsha’s paintings convey simple human truths and desires.
As she states, "The image of the human figure is the signature of our species. Since prehistoric times it has been a conveyance of the spectrum of emotions, events, desires and our sense of beauty. My work carries on in this tradition".
1993 to Present
Marsha Hammel at Galleria Silecchia with gallery owner, Louis Chalupa.
Hammel's painting "Rehearsal - Clarinet with Strings," 2013 can be seen to Marsha Hammel's right.
RECENT SPECIAL PROJECTS:
Three-dimensional drawings/sculpture created from cut paper and metal
- Design and create 8 sets for stage production ofThe Music Man for Hendersonville Little Theater, Hendersonville, NC
- Working extensively with motif, "Painting Music"; figures with musical instruments using color and form to capture the emotion of musical expressions in Jazz, Latin, Folk and Classical
2010 to Present
2009 to Present
Marsha Hammel in her North Carolina studio with the stunning flowers that she grows.
MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
- State Capitol, Raleigh, NC, collection1967
- University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, collection 1987
- Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL; permanent collection, 1991
1967 Governor's School Art Exhibit, Winston, Salem, NC
1974 Main Gallery, Richmond, VA
1990 Ybor City Exhibition, Tampa, FL
1990-95 Modern Art Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1991-93 Out of Door Academy, Siesta Key, FL; (Best in Show all three years)
1994 Cogswell Gallery, Vail, CO
1995 Bash, Miami, FL
1997-98 Art Expo, New York, NY
1999 Art Expo, Atlanta, GA
2000 Gallery on the Green, London, England
2001 Port StewArt Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2002 Hughes Galleries, Ulster, Northern Ireland
2003 Envers Chapin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2005 Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, Florida
2006 Galleria de ArteCon, Ascona, Italy
2008 Southern Fields Fine Art, St. Petersburg, Fl.
2009 Interior Motives, St. Petersburg, Fl.
2007-09 Gallery on the Green, London, England
2010 Hotel Cadogan, London, England
2011 BlackBird Gallery, Asheville, NC
2011 Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Exhibition,
Blue Ridge, GA; John Cram, Juror; 2 paintings accepted
Oil paint on linen
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